Having a honey-do list can make it so that you are always waiting around for someone else to get something fixed around your house that you could easily do yourself. Here are some simple home improvement tips that even a beginner would be able to complete.
Put bleach in your toilet bowl to keep it clean. The bleach may have an unpleasant smell, but it will reduce the spread of germs and your risk of getting sick, in addition to giving you a clean and shiny toilet. Reduce the unpleasant odor by selecting a scented bleach.
Avoid allowing contractors to work on your house without signing a contract. You should consider having a friend or a lawyer look over your contract if possible. Your contract should contain specifics that pertain to all work being performed, costs, warranties and beginning and ending dates.
When it comes to home improvement, go with your gut feeling about the contractor as long as everything else matches up. Do not even consider someone that you do not fully trust, as you probably have that feeling for a reason. If you have a hint of mistrust toward the contractor that you meet with, it may only lead to anger and mistrust on an exponential level if things do not go according to plan.
After your home improvement work is finished, do not submit your final payment until you are happy with the work that was performed. You can also make “progress payments,” which involves giving the contractor small sums of money in certain increments over the course of the project. Do not pay for work that you are not satisfied with.
Make sure before you get started in remodeling your basement that you have kept in mind heating, cooling, proper ventilation and dehumidification of the area. If you have enough headroom, your heating, cooling and much of your electrical equipment can be hidden behind a false ceiling. Prepare to hire a heating contractor to help you with your basement project.
When your next home improvement project involves landscaping work, you need to coordinate with the owners of adjacent properties about drainage. Ideally, you want to drain all the water off your property. Though you may be tempted to simply drain onto the neighbors’ lots, this could cause lots of problems. You can possibly plan a mutually beneficial drainage plan, but clear communication is a requirement.
Balance the layout of your living room by arranging your furniture symmetrically. For example, opt to put your couch as a focal point, a coffee table in the middle and two lounge chairs on the opposite side of the couch-one on each side. Symmetry can also be achieved in your bedroom, by placing matching lamps and nightstands, on both sides of your bed.
Remember those annoying little paper jewelry boxes that you get with every purchase? Don’t throw them out. Instead utilize them to clean your desk or bathroom drawer. Remove the lids and clip the boxes together to fit the inside of your drawer. You can now use them to categorize and store your little things such as paper clips, erasers, notepads and other small items.
Copper pipe is the best choice for plumbing home improvements, if the money is available for it. While safe and effective plastic plumbing exists, it still falls far short of copper, in terms of durability and reliability. All plumbers are familiar with copper and have plenty of experience working on it. Copper will also match the existing plumbing of older houses being renovated.
If you plan to renovate by yourself, list the steps for finishing the project and have an experienced builder or contractor look at it. Leaving out a crucial step could lead to costly repairs or mediocre work.